School stalwart reflects on her 34-year career

A FOND FAREWELL -- Margaret Abbiss with pupils of the school on her last day
A FOND FAREWELL -- Margaret Abbiss with pupils of the school on her last day

DEDICATED Margaret Abbiss declared “I could write a book” after reflecting on 34 years working at St Mary’s Church Of England Primary School in Bulwell.

Margaret (65), of Farleys Lane, Hucknall, decided to call time on her career at the school on Ragdale Road at the end of the summer term.

She started off as school secretary in 1977 and has worked there ever since, progressing to the role of office manager.

But she admitted “the time has come” to call it a day and “enjoy my life.”

On an emotional last day, Margaret said: “I have enjoyed my time at the school very much. I will miss the children, staff and the parents.

“During my time at the school, I have known three generations of some families.”

To mark her retirement, Margaret was presented with flowers during a special service for school leavers at St Mary’s Church on Highbury Road.

She was also taken out for a meal at the Springwater Chinese Restaurant at Calverton and there were countless cards and gifts from well-wishers.

But Margaret won’t be cutting ties with the school completely. For she had already agreed to pop in one day a week to help youngsters with their reading.

“I couldn’t resist,” added Margaret , who is married to Graham (67). “I’ve been part of the furniture and worked under six head teachers. I suppose I can’t go completely.”

In her spare time, Margaret plans to follow her hobbies of walking in Derbyshire and holidaying in the UK and abroad. She already has trips planned for Amsterdam and Bruges.

She and Graham have one son, Robert (43), two grandchildren, Oliver (17) and Ellie (13), and two adopted grandchildren, Sarah (21) and Hayley (15).